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Bringing Together Two Industries

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Article by: Certification News

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She’s a one-woman powerhouse whose contributions straddle both the landscape and construction industries. Linda Tootle, owner of Tootle Construction, a construction firm based in Central Florida, is well-known among those in the FNGLA certifications circle. Tootle, a licensed contractor, also holds four FNGLA certifications: FCLC, FCLT, FCHP and FNGLA Certified Exam Judge. Tootle is a familiar face at many certification exams in the past, according to Merry Mott, FNGLA Director or Certifications and Career Development.

“I can always count on Linda at every landscape certification exam at SeaWorld,” Mott said of Tootle. “She’s an outstanding exam judge always making herself available to help others get ahead.”

FNGLA’s Kate Clary spoke with Tootle to get a sense of how her FNGLA certification has helped her get to the next level in her own industry.

FNGLA: Why was it a priority for you to get certified?

Tootle: I have been in the industry for many years and have a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture.  I worked for many landscape/irrigation contractors in the Central Florida area -- working at most of the theme parks. My priority for becoming certified was I started my own company and decided to pursue Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) landscape contracts. During this time, you either had to become pre-certified or have the FNGLA Certificates.  I felt it was better to obtain the FNGLA Certification. 

FNGLA: How did you learn about FNGLA?

Tootle: I learned of FNGLA many years ago as one of my employers was on the FNGLA board. I attended many of the FNGLA shows throughout the years and am glad to be a part of this organization.

FNGLA: Coming from another industry, what's been your experience? Did you find it different in any way?

Tootle: My training and background is in the landscape industry. During the middle of my career, it took a turn and I began to pursue other construction opportunities. It now seems to be settling down and I have a good mix of landscape and construction renovation work.  

FNGLA: How has being certified helped you excel in the construction industry?

Tootle: It is always a good idea to be certified. This not only respects the industry, but your peers and it demonstrates to others you are willing to place effort into your designated field. I also became a licensed contractor in the State of Florida. The FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor designation has given me a leg up in bidding and providing credentials to prime contractors -- and gives business owners a comfort level with my abilities.  

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